Managing Stress

We all have stress, at work, at home, and even on the road. Whether it be from a bad interaction, too much work, not enough work, and everyday hassles. Negative stress can keep you from feeling and performing your best; mentally, physically, and emotionally. It’s important to learn how to manage stress in your life. 3 things to remember.

Positive self-talk “I can’t do this” > “I’ll do the best I can. I’ve got this.” “Everything is going wrong.” > “I can handle this if I take one step at a time.” “I feel helpless and alone.” > “I can reach out and get help if I need it.”

Top 10 Emergency Stress-Stoppers 1.) Count to 10 before you speak or react. 2.) Take a few slow, deep breaths until you feel your body unclench a bit. 3.) Go for a walk, even if it’s just to the restroom and back. 4.) Try a quick meditation or prayer to get some perspective. 5.) If it’s not urgent, sleep on it and respond tomorrow. 6.) Walk away from the situation for a while, and handle it once things calm down. 7.) Break down big problems into smaller parts. Take one step at a time instead of tackling everything at once. 8.) Turn on some chill music or inspirational podcast. 9.) Take a break to pet the dog, hug a loved one, or do something to help someone else. 10.) Work out or do something active. Exercise is the antidote for stress.

Stress-Busting Activities *Make art: draw, color, play an instrument *Work on a scrapbook, photo album, focus on good memories. *Read a book *Meet a friend *Do a hobby like sewing, knitting, make jewelry *Play your favorite sport *Play with your kids or pets, outside if possible *Listen to music *Take a walk in nature *Prayer, give it to God. He already knows. *Take a relaxing bath *Work in the garden, do a home improvement project. *Go for a run or bike ride to clear your head

The key is to find your groove and make it a practice. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start to feel better once you disrupt the cycle of stress.

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